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Who Watches the Watchmen (Our Chit Chat Thread)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,552 ✭✭✭✭ OmegaGene


    Always rocking a Garmin with something else, it’s quite common these days



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,909 ✭✭✭ scwazrh


    the fitbit luxe I use now and it was the fitbit inspire I had before , battery went crap after a year which is why I changed. I wear mine with "head " part under my wrist so it just looks like one of the rubber bracelets as someone else said earlier .Its not big enough to feel like you're wearing two watches.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,027 ✭✭✭ Fitz II


    I see a lot of people double fisting a smart watch and a mechanical watch, and the advantages of a smart watch over a quartz is undeniable. These fixed function quartz watches are in real trouble, very retro now. Like having a calculator and being impressed it has a graphing function. I think there is a quartz crysis but not mechanicals against quartz....its quartz versus smart watches. Any advantage you can level for a quartz against a mechanical you can level 10 fold to a smart watch over a quartz, mechanicals have positioned themselves outside the ring for this fight.



  • Registered Users Posts: 501 ✭✭✭ RMDrive


    Despite my wife's assertions that I look like an eejit, I wear an apple watch and a mechanical watch every day. I need the apple watch to movitate myself towards some level of fitness, and I need the mechanical watch because they are cool (way cooler than quartz 😀).



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,597 ✭✭✭ Cyclingtourist


    Any cursory glance in a high street jeweller's window would tell you otherwise. Passed Duggan's in Fairview the other day and it was all quartz.

    Yes the younger gen are either going bare wrists or Smart but there's still a lot of quartz fashion brand wrist jewellery watches being sold. Mechanical watches are a niche and luxury male thing.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,027 ✭✭✭ Fitz II


    Any cursory glance into a Golden Disks would have you thinking CD's are going strong too. You dont buy a smart watch in a jewellers, have a look in a PC world. Agree that  mechanical watches are a niche and luxury male thing, but by the same token old style fixed function quartz watches are becoming a niche thing too. Smartwatches are far more popular in this non luxury space.

    https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/5/21125565/apple-watch-sales-2019-swiss-watch-market-estimates-outsold



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,597 ✭✭✭ Cyclingtourist


    Sorry I was referring to the mechanical v quartz debate and I did mention that Smart was the coming thing.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,909 ✭✭✭ scwazrh


    @Fitz II there is a quartz crysis but not mechanicals against quartz....its quartz versus smart watches

    That’s spot on.I’ve some g-shocks that are Bluetooth connected to an app so act as a smart watch so they are starting to merge already. Battery powered watches can be a cheap bit of fun but I wouldn’t be spending more than a couple of hundred on any of them.Any that I currently have are shared with my son which if he wasn’t as interested in them I probably wouldn’t still be as keen on them. They don’t have the “soul” for want of a better word that mechanical watches have.

    Really don’t get the “godtier “ waffle that pride and pinion are pushing with basic Casio’s .I see they have a clothing line being released with the branding as well now.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,597 ✭✭✭ Cyclingtourist


    I'm a subscriber to the AquaTerraMan YT channel and his latest video is a size comparison of the AT 8900 41mm with a few other watches including notably the Omega Seamaster Professional 300 black dial quartz.

    Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 8900: Why is it so comfortable? Comparison to similar sized watches - YouTube



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,027 ✭✭✭ Fitz II


    I suppose the same thing applies. You go into a shop that sells mostly quartz watches you will find lots of quartz watches. Dont know that smart is the coming thing, seems to be well here already. Hell maybe these are all different things that are not really comparable as they fulfill different requirements for a non homogeneous group of people, and its as pointless hold the opinion that your quartz is great cause its more accurate and handy than a mechanical as it is hold the opinion that fixed function quartz is rubbish cause it doesnt have phone connectivity and healthy tracking.

    The Godtier thing is genius. In my limited experiance of youtube and social media, unless you are very positive about watches with large fan bases you get eaten alive. Punching up is fine, but punching down is a no no. Nico can ramble on about how much he loves God tier casio, throw on a few and give away a few and it insulates him from being called a snob. Its the watch equivalent of cancel culture, and being watch woke is like armour. As a man with a shop selling very expensive watches its easy see where his actual tastes are, but then he can sell shirts and hats to people who are not in a position to buy his watches. Its like Ferrari selling hats and jackets far and above their car sales figures. Nico and his team know how to play the social media game, but you are right that it could be seen as condescending and disingenuous not to hold a consistent opinion, but you watch enough youtube and read enough forums and you see that its rare find a person with the strength of their convictions over long periods of time....most just float like corks in the river of opinion. In a way the "microbrand" scene is more genuine. Vintage the same.



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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 58,499 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs


    Aye the godtier spiel is spot on. The vast majority of those who would follow his social media/youtube stuff are not the guys buying his eleventy thousand quid watches, but it's a way of engaging them to keep attention going. Ages back I followed the link to his sub on reddit and outside of a tiny handful of Rolex stuff, much of it in long ownership/family heirloom, the rest of the pics of his fan's watches were fashion watches and Casio fare. And fair enough, but that's much of his audience on youtube.

    And let's face it, if we were looking fo a "godtier" Japanese watch brand it would be Seiko by a country mile, several country miles. Not talking GS or any of that, just their long and deep history of innovation along with huge sales and popularity makes Casio look like a corner shop outfit. Their biggest innovation and public eye watch - and it was a good one - was the G-Shock, followed by their 80's calculator watches.

    Rejoice in the awareness of feeling stupid, for that’s how you end up learning new things. If you’re not aware you’re stupid, you probably are.



  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 11,922 Mod ✭✭✭✭ blue5000


    Nice one Banie, are you left handed? Have you somewhere stateside that it can be shipped to first? Lovely clean dial for a chrono.

    If the seat's wet, sit on yer hat, a cool head is better than a wet ar5e.



  • Registered Users Posts: 14,035 ✭✭✭✭ banie01


    Thanks 😊 not left handed but destro's are worn on the left. Pushers are then accessible if gloves are worn. That said, just as easily worn on the right.

    It was the dial layout that caught my eye too tbh, then the lume. Noone in the states to send it to 1st. Will roll the dice with delivery but I negotiated a decent price with the expectation of VAT.



  • Registered Users Posts: 28,664 ✭✭✭✭ NIMAN


    Most of the fitness watches, trackers or bands I see worn now are on the wrists of overweight people.


    They obviously aren't working.



  • Registered Users Posts: 16,552 ✭✭✭✭ OmegaGene


    Well a fitness watch can’t stop people eating too much unfortunately, for anyone looking to monitor anything fitness or sleep related they are a great tool.

    I started with Fitbit and they kept breaking within warranty so I went for a garmin which is much better and more accurate for running and gym work



  • Registered Users Posts: 502 ✭✭✭ Pablo_Flox


    Very nice watch Banie, and good luck with the delivery. Hopefully they seller did the electronic declaration correctly... My recent experience has been that as long as that is filled in the they are not taking a second look at packages ;-)



  • Registered Users Posts: 14,035 ✭✭✭✭ banie01


    Fingers crossed their part is all done correctly, I think I'd be more upset if it gets returned to sender and I have to wait for it to be be re-posted 🤣 than I would be with the VAT bill.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,027 ✭✭✭ Fitz II


    I think that maybe they are trying to make a positive change. Most of the people on diets are overweight too, does that mean diets dont work?



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,597 ✭✭✭ Cyclingtourist


    "does that mean diets dont work?"

    Largely yes.

    "I started with Fitbit and they kept breaking within warranty so I went for a garmin which is much better and more accurate for running and gym work"

    So it's fair to say you'd be lost without your Garmin.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,552 ✭✭✭✭ OmegaGene


    If someone’s overweight they are eating more calories than they are burning and therefore need to reduce calories, calories in vs calories out is a simple and effective way of losing weight

    fad diets do not work, people cutting out bread and people jumping on an 800 calorie a day cleanse etc

    myfitnesspal is a great tool for educating people as to what they are eating, wearing a fitness watch/tracker doesn’t mean someone will lose weight but it may help them realise they are doing f all steps during the day and need to move more to get fit

    For anyone looking to lose weight it’s more a lifestyle change that will work, we are all on a diet as such it’s just some are on a crap on eating junk 7 days a week and others maintain a healthy balance of food as their diet.

    bringing it back to watches, losing weight means less links are needed lol, I had an 8 inch wrist and sourcing links was a pain in the arse, 6 1/2 inch wrist is much easier now lol and I can wear different watches too that would have looked stupid on a fat wrist



  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 58,499 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs


    6 1/2 inch wrist eh? Hmmm, you're getting dangerously close to the vintage market at that size. 😮😀

    Plus fair bloody play for dropping that amount of excess you! 😮 Serious kudos.

    Rejoice in the awareness of feeling stupid, for that’s how you end up learning new things. If you’re not aware you’re stupid, you probably are.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,027 ✭✭✭ Fitz II


    Fair play, lucky you didnt have a smart watch, a calorie deficit doesn't matter with one of those bad boys on I hear.



  • Registered Users Posts: 993 ✭✭✭ Time


    The annual Patek exhibition which includes this years new releases is in Weirs at the moment, the last day in Sunday. Might be of interest to some here, great chance to try on some of the scarcer models.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 993 ✭✭✭ Time


    I just had a quick look at their FB and it's up on that so i doubt it.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,909 ✭✭✭ scwazrh


    Seen their posts earlier with a full selection of Patek on show and then noticed the little “exhibition “ badge in the corner.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,597 ✭✭✭ Cyclingtourist




  • Registered Users Posts: 17,306 ✭✭✭✭ Cyrus




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  • Registered Users Posts: 993 ✭✭✭ Time


    And those you can, you better have 40k + cash sitting around :)



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